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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,573 miles

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2005 Ford Freestar brakes problems

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2005 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 162011

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar. The contact noticed that the traction control warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the ABS system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 49,000. The dealer replaced the hydraulic control unit and ABS module. Updated 06/22/12

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Was on a very busy highway. The Freestars dash lights lite up and went back off. Ac cut off then everything started working again. About 30 seconds later the Freestar died at 65. I was able to coast to a stop on the shoulder. Again on May 5 2012 the lights started flickering and the ac started to blow hard and it would slow back down then the dash lights ABS, brake, battery lights would blink on and off then the Freestar died again at 70 mph. Brakes didn't work I was going through a intersection and had to use the E brake. Freestar has done this several times over the last month I just hit the high spots. It has had test after test and I'm always told a different story! I just want my van fixed before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Garvin , OK, USA

problem #8

May 012011


  • 25,437 miles
Per Ford service: Water in PCM 5/03/11 similar problem 7/15/10 although at the time Ford service was unable to find the cause. At about 20 miles per hour while making a right hand turn the engine stalled, the power steering and power brakes failed causing me to temporarily lose control and swerve into the on-coming lane. Luckily there was no traffic or pedestrians there at the time. Ford service found the cause to be water in the powertrain control module (PCM).

- Great River, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010


  • 50,000 miles


Van stalls at lights. Just cuts off. Mechanic said it has some thing to do with the PCM. Trans has been replaced. But still having problems with that. Rear brake calipers ceased up. This van is a road hazard. Never know what it is going to do or when it is going to fail.

- Henrico Co., VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 022009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Freestar sport van. When it is relatively hot outside and I've driven for about an hour or so, there is this loud squealing noise coming from the front of my van. It is very annoying and gets louder with time traveled. I've taken this van back to the dealer from where it was purchased. They've replaced the brake pads saying that this could be the problem. It didn't change, the squealing kept coming. The mechanic said that he had done some form of research through the internet and thinks it could be the wheel bearing. What a scare this is!!!!! has anyone had this same problem"? the garage will not do anything about it until I can bring it in while it is still squealing so they can take it for a roadtest. It's been a year since I've bought this van from a reputable garage in cambridge, Ontario. I'm scared to go anywhere with it especially with my grandchildren in the van when we go on holidays. Is there a great concern here???"----------please email me back with some info to [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Waterdown, Ontario, 00, USA

problem #5

Mar 112010


  • 158,000 miles
My car is a Ford 2005 Freestar. It is experiencing intermittent brake failure. The pedal goes to the floor and does not respond even if I pump the brakes, then, goes back to normal. I have had it looked at by Ford 2 times, Goodyear one time and meineke once as well. Ford could not duplicate and sent the car and us home. They said the do not "want to throw parts at it". they said they checked the master cylinder, the booster and also for air in the line, but all checked out okay. I called the executive offices of Ford. They said they would call the dealer, that we should "leave it with the dealer" but they cannot help us with transportation. I have a son with a brain injury. This car is our only form of transportation. Please help.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #4

Aug 152009


  • 150,000 miles


I own a 2005 Ford Freestar minivan. This August my instrument panel quit working. I took it to the dealership and was advised that my ABS module failed and as a result it melted my wire harness. I just discovered that Ford previously had this problem with their Windstar. I'd like this to be looked into as this is a hefty repair ($3,000 +) that I cannot afford. As a result, I am driving in a vehicle with no ABS and no working instrument panel - including speedometer. Thank you.

- St. Clair , MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 132008


  • miles
The rear brake rotors and pads keep wearing out extremely fast. I just had the brakes done not quite a year ago and now the rotors are completely worn out.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 062008

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 43,223 miles
Took my 2005 Ford Freestar minivan with only 43,223 miles into Ford dealer for annual safety inspection. Advised both rear calipers were bad, caused premature wear of break pads and rotors which needed turned. The repair cost me $581.40. I have owned many vehicles, and never have I had calipers fail at 43K miles. I believe this to be a manufacturer defect that I as a consumer had to foot the bill for. I do not have the parts.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192007

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,068 miles
2005 Ford Freestar grinding began back brakes have had van maintain at dealership since got never had report brakes need replaced as noise increased at 42,068 miles took back to dealership found back brake and rotors need replaced but not front brake this good this is a fwd vehicle front brakes should go first Ford replaced rotors and pads wanted $475 but after pointing out never adv any problem final price paid $332.01 after checking maintenance history in computer checking internet multi problem back brakes have contact Corp Ford will not assist or recall issue at moment this is huge safety problem original back brakes are defective.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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